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Twenty-eight years ago today, hundreds of people marched on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It was also the first observance of what became known as National Coming Out Day. For many LGBTQ Americans, the power of coming out is one of the most basic tools for visibility.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, one out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian.The number drops to 1 in 10 Americans who have a transgender person close to them.

Wisconsin LGBT History Project

For decades, LGBT culture was – out of necessity - hidden and unspoken of in daylight. But three-quarters of a century has brought a lot of social change in America.

For a smaller industrial city with German roots, you may not have expected Milwaukee to be a spot for gay and lesbian culture to thrive; but it did.

Couresty of the Small Business Administration

Small businesses are a vital part of Wisconsin's and the nation's economies. When these businesses struggle, it often portends deeper issues for the economy at large.

Access to tools and networking needed to start and grow your own business can be difficult to attain without the proper resources.

President Obama is designating a new national monument around the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.

The Stonewall National Monument in New York City will be the first addition to the National Park System specifically highlighting the history of the LGBT community.

LGBTQ representation in the media has been gaining significant ground in recent years on TV shows such as Orange is the New Black, Transparent, Modern Family, and with the very public spotlight on Caitlyn Jenner. However, while representation grows, it does not cover the full spectrum of the LGBTQ culture.

Bold Strokes Books

When it comes to mystery novels, most books center around a murder and then solve the 'whodunit.' For local author Elizabeth Ridley's mystery/thriller book, the mystery in question is one of identity.

Spanning over the course of just 24 hours, Searching for Celia follows spy novelist Dayle Salveson’s investigation into the mysterious death of her best friend and former lover.

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A new report from UW-Milwaukee examines how comfortable older LGBT people feel about aging in the Milwaukee area.

Researcher and social work assistant professor Mark Williams collected the comments of 255 LGBT residents, between the ages of 50 and 89.

His study reveals areas respondents say need extensive improvement, such as housing.

Williams says a significant number of respondents believe they’ll eventually live in an assisted living facility or nursing home. Yet he says most fear they won’t feel safe or comfortable in such a setting.

Essay: PrideFest

Jun 5, 2015
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Milwaukee's first summer festival gets underway at 3:00 this afternoon. PrideFest is a celebration of LGBT culture and accomplishments.

Essayist Paul Masterson is on the board of Milwaukee Pride, which plans the festival.  He says it's appropriate that Pride Fest is happening on the first anniversary of marriage equality in Wisconsin:

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Earlier this week, the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce brought together a diverse group of business leaders to discuss how equality plays out in the workplace.

That’s an issue the Human Rights Campaign has worked on for a long time. One of the leaders of that effort is Deena Fidas, who heads the HRC’s Workplace Equality Program and directs its yearly Corporate Equality Index survey

The history of LGBT cinema has always generally reflected the state of the LGBT community and its place in the world. 

Report: Milwaukee Ranks High for LGBT Equality

Nov 19, 2013

A new report says Milwaukee ranks in the top 25 percent of cities nationwide with a good municipal relationship with its LGBT community, supporting and serving its gay and lesbian residents and workers.